Erdinger Weissbier Dunkel | Erdinger Weissbräu

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3.75/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Erdinger Weissbräu
Germany
erdinger.de

Style: Dunkelweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Carefully selected dark malts with delicate roasting aromas give ERDINGER Dunkel its full-bodied flavor and strong character.

This elegant wheat beer has a lustrous, deep dark-brown appearance in the glass. The first sip reveals a harmonious symphony of carefully selected wheat and barley malts with exquisite Hallertau aroma hops. The taste buds detect hints of caramel, nuts and fresh bread. An unmistakable top-fermenting accent is provided by ERDINGER’s traditional yeast.

ERDINGER Dunkel first saw the light of day in 1989, when ERDINGER’s master brewers created a dark wheat beer as a birthday present for the private brewery’s owner, Werner Brombach. He liked it so much that he decided to put it on the market in 1990.

Added by kbub6f on 11-15-2001

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#22,448
Reviews:
632
Ratings:
1,381
pDev:
12.53%
Bros Score:
3.99
 
 
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Photo of nickfl
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - The bottle opens with an aggressive hiss of carbonation and pours with a bit, three finger head of light tan foam. The body is dark amber-brown with a light haze. The head exhibits good retention and leaves nice, thick lace.

S - A light, toasty aroma of dark bread and sweet malt with just a hint of toffee richness. A little bit of bubblegum and clove yeast character shows through in the background.

T - Dark, toasted malt flavors blend up front with banana and bubblegum yeast notes. More toasty, cola like malt flavors in the middle before a finish of fruity yeast with some clove notes that compliment the darker malt notes.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.

D - This is a very enjoyable beer with nice yeast character and a touch of dark malt that adds color and complexity to the beer without overwhelming it in caramel sweetness. I particularly like the way that the yeasty clove flavor in the finish compliments the sweet toast and toffee flavors of the malt. A nice example of the style and an enjoyable, refreshing beer.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of dcmchew
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of ygtbsm94
2.25/5  rDev -40%

Photo of atrocity
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of russpowell
3.36/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours mahgony with effervescence & a 4 fingers tan head. Some lacing & okay head retention

S: caramel notes & that's it

T: Fruittty with a slight licorice flavor. Slight grainyness & choclate assert themselves as it warms. Finished fruitty & quenching

MF: A little thin but has good carbonation

Drinks okay, just not very memorable. Try it & decide yourself

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.16/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tobacco brown with red and gold highlights. With bright backlighting, the color is closer to dusky maroon. No beer was visible immediately after the pour due to an explosion of ecru foam. The cap is creamyfluffy and sports huge craters on its upper surface. I don't expect much lace given the texture of the head... and don't get much.

The nose is so low on power and presence that it's tough to pick out the usual aromas that are characteristic of the style. In fact, it's hard to appreciate this beer as a 'dark' beer at all. I'm hoping that it blossoms with warming, although it isn't anywhere close to cold now.

I was surprised to discover that I've only had four dunkel weizens prior to this one. I was equally surprised to see that I thought highly of 75% of them. It looks like my 'impressed by dunkles percentage' has dropped to 60%. Even though I haven't had a really good Erdinger Weissbrau beer yet, I had high hopes for this one.

The biggest problem is a simple one: lack of flavor. While the beer isn't quite the no-show on the palate that it is in the nose, it isn't getting up close and personal with my taste buds either. Weissbier Dunkel tastes like a dark lager brewed by a second-rate brewery. Where's the toasted wheatiness? Where's the banana and clove yeastiness? Where's the complexity? Absent, absent and absent.

It doesn't look like the flavor is hiding in any 'stealth yeast' at the bottom of the bottle since I've added the entire contents to my weizen glass and the beer is as crystal clear as it was after the first pour. Is there such a thing as a kristal dunkel weizen? It tastes as if all (or at least most) of the personality has been filtered out. The 'best by' date would suggest that this is still a relatively fresh beer.

The mouthfeel is definitely on the lighter end of the style spectrum. I like my weizens to have a wheaty lushness, a light creaminess. Nothing of that sort is evident here. An energetic amount of carbonation tries to help, but it can only do so much. At least the mouthfeel is consistent with the flavor. Consistently average.

Apparently, I like dunkel weizens more than I remembered. My fondness for them may be due to the fact that I've tasted some of the best that the style has to offer. Or it may be that I just like dark wheats in general. Erdinger Weissbier Dunkel, on the other hand, isn't weissbier enough or dunkle enough to suit me.

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Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 500 ml tall brown Euro style bottle with a “best before end” freshness date on the back label.

Appearance: Nearly black with hues of tarnished ruby, thick powdery tiny bubbled lace lays on top then drops down to a thin stable lace.

Smell: Fruity with tones of prune and black currants, light alcohol esters are in the nose also. Malty with a mild spiciness in the aroma.

Taste: Bold and crisp upfront with a spicy tingle that is enhanced by the medium leveled carbonation. Solid and clean maltiness on the palate, crisp snappish wheat with undertones of caramel and bread. Hops are subdued with little in the flavour, fruity from middle to end with dark fruit flavours. Mild cocoa and husk flavours drawn on a dryness, alcoholic esters gather towards the end. Dry in the finish though there are a few left over residuals in the mouth so hold the body together far into the end.

Notes: Spicy with a clean zip, rich malty flavours from start to end. This makes for a near stellar brew of such a delicate style.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 mL bottle poured into a straight-sided glass.

Appearance - Murky dark brown. Huge khaki head. Settles in a while to a thick collar.

Smell - Caramel and lightly chocolatey malt. Some wheat. Yeasty aromas overtake the malt, especially as it warms. Some banana and some brighter esters come through.

Taste - Wheat is stronger here. So are the darker malts. Caramel and some chocolate. Yeastiness takes over. Sharper, brighter flavor into the finish. Grainy finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Well carbonated.

Overall - I've never thought that the wheat and dark malts have worked all that well together, except in rare circumstances. This is lacking that special quality, but still tastes pretty good.

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Photo of BEER88
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mikesgroove
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark as could be it comes to my table looking like melted milk chocolate. Nice firm head of maybe three inches caps the top and settles down quickly into a smooth and even layer.

Aroma is big, deep chocolate, rich roasted malts, enormous brown sugar and caramel notes, this one was a beast to say the least. Really carried over and expanded into the flavor. Rich chocolate, roasted nuts, molasses, hints of earthy, dry notes. Really just very full and deep. Rich, creamy feel and a session ability that was top notch.

Overall this was about as solid as it gets. A tremendously good beer that I would love to be able to try again.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Ruddy Brown body with large fluffy pale tan head served in a wheat glass. I noticed pockets gradually forming in the canopy

S - Toffee, pralines and nutmeg spice odor is evident in the nose. Slighty citrus quality similar to blood orange or read pear.

M - Swells of carbonation and thin body quickly relaxing as it is held in the mouth for a moment. Slightly sugary feel envelopes as the liquid is swallowed.

T - Toasted and sugar notes jump out with bready cake like flavors. Yeast and malt flavors play a dominant role with hints of spice and caramel.

D - A quaffable brew that goes down easy. I would probably hestitate to drink more than one, though since it is more carbonated than I would prefer. This is perfectly fine for the style.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.88/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: The pour is a dark mahogany color with some red/amber notes and a fizzy off-white head.

S: The nose is quite yeasty with lots of spice esters (particularly clove). A fair amount of sweet dark fruits and a mild cola characteristic.

T: This starts off somewhat mild with trace amounts of banana and spicy esters. There are some notes of roasted malts and there's a high level of (carbonic) acidity which does not appeal to me.

M: Very highly carbonated with a medium body. The carbonation and acidity from the carbonation that is present in the flavor gives this a bit of a soda water feel.

D: I found this one to be disappointing. I don't know if the bottle was old or what, but the flavor was really not very good.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A medium brown base with little light passing through. A big foamy head atop that stays around a while.

S - Dark tangy wheat aromas with brown sugar, molasses and other brown sweetness scents.

T - Chewy caramelized wheat sugars and dark grains. Molasses and dried dates hitting the palate. A nice tangy yeast through the sip and a bitter mineral-like finish.

M - Chewy medium bodied beer. Thirst quenching up front with a lightly drying finish.

O - Well rounded dunkel from a classy brewery.

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Photo of tdm168
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of stakem
3.72/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle has a "best before end" date of December 2009.

Poured into my moose drool hefe style glass. Forcefully pours a thick "big bubble" off-white head that doesn't have much retension. No lacing found on the glass at all. Color is a murky dark brown. Nose has the usual yeasty wheat touch with some spicy cloves and some caramel tossed in there for kicks as well. Fair amount of carbination makes this one lighter in mouthfeel than I expected but strangely smooth as well. Taste from the front to finish features a very low hop profile, some bready notes, malt sweetness easily detected with the yeast ever present. I found the smell of this beer to be the star of this show instead of the taste, the smell was slightly more enjoyable than the taste but still it was a good experience.

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Photo of rab53
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of Billolick
2.77/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

mid sized bottle, with best before dating. Pours the expected dark chocolaty brown with a faint tinge of plums, head quickly goes bye bye and this leaves no lacing (booo). Fruity nose, mouthfeel is kind of sharp and prickly and flavor notes are suprisingly minor, just some cola, overripe bananas and a slight metalic finish, yuck, there are much better dunkle weiss beer out there, give this one a pass, I wish I had...

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Wolff's Biergarten in Albany, NY.

This one pours a dark golden amber, with a small head, and a good amount of sticky lacing.

Smells like slight dusty caramel, cocoa powder, spicy wheat, and fruity yeast.

This is really quite solid, and everything you want a dunkel to be. It's got a nice deep maltiness to it, more flavor than you'd expect a brew of 5.3% to have. There's a nice caramelized breadiness, a hint of wheaty bitterness, and the classic clovey yeast character.

This is super drinkable, with a good levle of carbonation.

This has to be up there with the best dunkels on the market. Awesome stuff.

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Photo of ejimhof
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of imbibehour
3.96/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a curved wheat ale glass.

Deep chestnut brown body, with a slight bit of cola carbonation, and mix of finer bubbles. Head is a big tan and creamy froth! Classic bulging with ice cream scoop licking properties. Big hold, big head, and creamy fine retention, more as if it was just shoved on top than created from the bottom. Classic, aggressive, in control, booming. Just great looking.

Aroma takes minor touches of toffee but has a very dry phenolic property to it. Drying clove and almost char smelling to powedery flour. Clean, but also a bit closed. Not too much going on the nose here.

Palate sticks to basics nicely. Light toffee and an excellent creamy mouthfeel hitting almost like a British ale yeast. Fruit sensing berries, mixing in with milk chocolate in the mid palate. Finishes with clotted cream and light body feelings and flavors.

A real nice simple dunkel, limits on the depth but a creamy flavor and esters seems to be very unique and making a good drinking experience.

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Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of a77cj7
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of jwc215
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Freshness date of 10-2007. Poured into weizen glass.

Pours brown with thick (at first too foamy, but quickly settled) off-white head that slowly descended to a sizeable cover.

The smell is of caramel, dark fruitiness, slight wet cardboard. Earthy in the back.

The taste is of caramel/toffee. Faint cocoa. Dark fruits and a nutty/earthiness in the back. That hint of wet-cardboard from oxidation is there, but not strong. Slight non-descript spiciness - not quite clove - comes in and out. Candy sweet in the finish.

Mild carbonation in a thin, but not watery, body.

A decent dunkel weizen, though I've had better of style from Bavariia. It's well-within freshness date, but slight oxidation and blandness make me wonder how well this one held up in transit.

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Erdinger Weissbier Dunkel from Erdinger Weissbräu
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 1,381 ratings
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